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Designed to develop effective preventative approaches for learning mentors working with the emotional needs of vulnerable youngsters, this resource helps ensure that children and young people can learn ways to feel safe and valued and can build confidence to act independently.Resources for Learning Mentors shows mentors how to help young people: Develop a capacity to set realistic targets Build a positive view of their strengths and abilities Strengthen skills in communication and problem solving Improve their capacity to manage strong feelingsThe author provides comprehensive facilitator notes, activities, and resources to support positive mental health and well being.


This programme took place over a period of six weeks. The sessions were developed in response to a request to carry out some group work with Year 7 children who were exhibiting challenging behaviour in a comprehensive school.

The rationale for promoting resilience and self-esteem and working preventatively with working class white boys is in response to the prevalence of mental health disorders amongst boys in comparison to girls in all age groups (DOH 2004). Additional risk factors for mental health disorder include family characteristics such as lone parent families, parental unemployment and poor parental education. In addition the suicide rate amongst young men in Britain rose sharply in the 1980s and 1990s, whilst rates for young women have remained relatively stable. Although there has ...

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